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The Heartwood and the Seedling: Portland’s Pearl District Grows More Public Realm

Heartline’s landscape sets the project apart and ties it into the neighborhood as a whole.

Posted: 09.13.2019


Revealing History, Promoting Culture. ARTS at King Street Station is a welcoming, vibrant arts and cultural hub that highlights communities of color and honors indigenous origins. The space’s raw, unfinished character reveals the building’s evolution from an historic train station to a contemporary transit and cultural hub. In addition to gallery spaces, ARTS provides flexible, co-use areas for community gathering and workspace for the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. A public “Living Room” connects the gallery with a studio for artists-in-residence. Designed as Schacht Aslani Architects with Olson Kundig, gallery consultant. Photos: Benjamin Benschneider

Posted: 01.29.2020


UC San Diego Nuevo West received an early substantial completion! This mixed-use residential community opens in March to graduate students and families of patients at the university medical center. The staggered façade pattern, inspired by prevailing winds, supports natural ventilation, views and daylight. Building forms bend and shift to create intersecting spaces that connect student communities. Design-build delivery by Mithun and Hensel Phelps. LEED Gold target. Image: @mir.no

Posted: 01.23.2020


We’re so pleased to share that both the Louisiana Children’s Museum and the National Nordic Museum have been nominated as Best New Museum in the USAToday 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards. Now through February 17, you can cast a daily vote for your favorite museums! Yes, daily voting is welcome and with two devices you can spread the love. We’ll be doing it! https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-new-museum/ (clickable link in bio). Photos, LCM: @k7scott; NNM: @brucedamonte

Posted: 01.22.2020


This new interdisciplinary learning center transforms the Olympic College campus—redefining the main entry, completing the pedestrian spine and joining with adjacent academic buildings to form a central quadrangle. The design strengthens visibility of the college’s arts and health programs, fosters synergies between the disciplines and encourages student engagement. At the building’s heart, a three-story atrium reinforces community with layered gathering spaces that connect to specialized studio, simulation, practice and performance venues. Designed as Schacht Aslani Architects. LEED Gold certified. Photos: @k7scott

Posted: 01.17.2020


This month we’re excited to introduce significant projects designed by Schacht Aslani Architects, which has joined our integrated design team at Mithun. The new Cedar River Watershed Headquarters supports the work of Seattle Public Utilities to protect the ecological health of the region’s water supply. The building consolidates operations, natural resources, protection and cultural resources staff into a space that embraces the natural environment, and promotes workforce collaboration and efficiencies. The LEED Gold certified and net-zero energy target design supports resilient operations and limited dependence on the energy grid during harsh winter conditions. Photos: @laraswimmer

Posted: 01.13.2020


Active Learning, Passive House. This new classroom building for @thebushschool Upper School demonstrates their collaborative educational philosophy and ambitious commitment to sustainability. Building and landscape serve as learning laboratories, maximizing natural light and healthy materials, conserving water and energy, and incorporating green stormwater systems. The project is on track to be the first Passive House school on the West Coast and the largest in the country. Net Zero Energy and Salmon-Safe Certification are also targeted. Learn more: http://mithun.com/project/the-bush-school-new-upper-school/ (clickable link in bio)

Posted: 01.08.2020